The opinion of the court was delivered by: Seybert, District Judge:
Presently pending before the Court is the United States of America's ("Government" or "Plaintiff") letter*fn1 seeking reconsideration of the portion of the Court's December 22, 2011 Memorandum and Order denying Plaintiff's request for administrative costs, filing fees, and disbursements. For the following reasons, Plaintiff's request is DENIED.
Plaintiff commenced this action on November 26, 2010 against Defendant Lisa A. Zdenek a/k/a Lisa Caldarera ("Defendant") seeking to collect the unpaid principal and interest on a student loan. Defendant never responded to the Complaint, and on March 14, 2011, Plaintiff moved for a default judgment against Defendant pursuant to Rule 55(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Clerk of the Court noted the default on March 17, 2011.
On December 22, 2011, this Court granted Plaintiff's motion for default judgment and awarded Plaintiff $40,593.23 in unpaid principal, $4,532.70 in accrued interest, an additional $9.04 in interest for each day after September 23, 2010 until judgment was entered, and post-judgment interest pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1961. United States v. Zdenek, No. 10-CV-5566, 2011 WL 6754100, at *1-2 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 22, 2011). The Court, however, denied Plaintiff's requests for costs in the amount of $350.00 for filing fees and $29.00 for "administrative costs and disbursements." Id. at *3.
On January 3, 2012, Plaintiff filed a letter asking the Court to reconsider its denial of Plaintiff's request for costs, filing fees, and disbursements.
Motions for reconsideration may be brought pursuant to Rules 59(e) and 60(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rule 6.3. See Wilson v. Pessah, 05--CV--3143, 2007 WL 812999, at *2 (E.D.N.Y. March 14, 2007). Rule 59(e) permits a party to move for reconsideration when it believes that the Court overlooked important "matters or controlling decisions" that would have influenced the prior decision. Shamis v. Ambassador Factors Corp., 187 F.R.D. 148, 151 (S.D.N.Y. 1999). Reconsideration is not a proper tool to repackage and relitigate arguments and issues already considered by the Court in deciding the original motion. See United States v. Gross, 98--CR--0159, 2002 WL 32096592, at *4 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 5, 2002) ("A party may not use a motion to reconsider as an opportunity to reargue the same points raised previously."). Nor is it proper to raise new arguments and issues. See Lehmuller v. Inc. Vill. of Sag Harbor, 982 F. Supp. 132, 135 (E.D.N.Y. 1997). Reconsideration may only be granted when the Court did not evaluate decisions or data that might reasonably be expected to alter the conclusion reached by the Court. Wechsler v. Hunt Health Sys. Ltd., 186 F. Supp. 2d 402, 410 (S.D.N.Y. 2002).
Rule 60(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides relief from a judgment for, inter alia, mistakes, inadvertence, excusable neglect, newly discovered evidence, and fraud. FED. R. CIV. P. 60(b). Rule 60(b) provides "extraordinary judicial relief" that may only be granted "upon a showing of exceptional circumstances." Nemaizer v. Baker, 793 F.2d 58, 61 (2d Cir. 1986). Accordingly, granting Rule 60(b) relief is "disfavored." Empresa Cubana Del Tabaco v. Gen. Cigar Co., 385 Fed. Appx. 29, 31 (2d Cir. 2010).
Ultimately, the decision to grant or deny a motion for reconsideration lies squarely within the discretion of the district court. See Devlin v. Transp. Comm'ns Union, 175 F.3d 121, 132 (2d Cir. 1999).
The Court denied the Government's request ...